“Happy Halloween” and “Happy birthday” may not be sentiments heard very often in the same breath, according to a new study. The research finds that the number of babies born drops on Halloween day, but spikes on Valentine’s Day, a day with more positive associations.
Most surprisingly, the birth decrease occurred not just among moms who scheduled C-sections or induced labors; spontaneous births rose and fell along with holidays as well.
The researchers aren’t sure how this holiday-birthday difference comes about, but the findings suggest that moms have some control over when they’ll go into labor, said study researcher Becca Levy of the Yale University School of Public Health.
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